If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high-quality drinking water but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.
If you’re concerned about the potential of lead in your drinking water, you can take several steps to test for and limit possible exposure:
- Test at the tap. This is the only way to measure for lead levels in your home.
- Flush your tap. This helps clear higher levels of lead that may have leached over time.
- Use only cold water. Lead leaches more easily into hot water.
- Remove faucet strainers.
- Make sure lead free materials are used when building.
For additional details on reducing the risk, understanding the sources of lead, identifying lead service lines and FKAA’s action in preventing lead exposure please view the FKAA’s "Lead in Home Plumbing Brochure". Additional information is also available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline.